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The Friday Harbor volleyball team staked out new territory with a landmark performance in its regular-season finale Tuesday at home against league-leading La Conner. Though the visiting Braves, undefeated in league play, at 11-0, claimed the best-of-five-game match with three consecutive wins, Game 2 was up for grabs up until the very end.
Post-season play begins today for the Friday Harbor soccer team. The Wolverines (13-4), who defeated La Conner Wednesday for the Northwest 1A/2B title, enter the District 1 playoffs as the Northwest region's top-seeded team. They can clinch a berth at the upcoming Tri-District playoffs with a victory in their first match at districts.
The San Juan Island Sailing Foundation and the San Juan Island High School Sailing Team are presenting a jambalaya feast in traditional New Orleans style Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., in the San Juan Island Yacht Club.
The 2009 season came to an abrupt end for the Friday Harbor tennis team as Coupeville swept the district championships Oct. 21 in Friday Harbor.
Another loss to the starting lineup took its toll as the Wolverines faltered at home in a four-game loss Oct. 20 to Mount Vernon Christian. The Wolverines (2-9 league, 2-12 overall) got a boost with the return of senior Ali Wade and junior Rachel Hay to a starting rotation that’s been snake-bit by injuries and illnesses from the start of the season.
Big plays and a sturdy defense put the Wolverines in position to pull off a come-from-behind win. But Friday Harbor’s comeback bid came to abrupt halt with less than three minutes left in regulation as Meridian pocketed an 18-6 victory on a Friday on rain-soaked and mud-caked field in Friday Harbor.
The Wolverines eked out a tough 1-0 victory over La Conner today to secure their second successive League Championship and earn their first bye ever in post-season play. The only goal of the match was scored by Alex Freeman, who put in an Emma Ytander rebound in the third minute. The defense was pushed to the limit for the remainder of the game but did not break.
The Friday Harbor Tigers are playoff bound. The Senior Tigers, who finished an eight-game regular-season schedule at 6-2, will face the Arlington Eagles (5-2) in the first-round of the North Cascade Youth Football League playoffs. The top eight teams out of the 10-team league qualify for post-season play.
Two of three Tiger football teams are headed into the playoffs of the North Cascade Youth Football League. The freshman team (ages 8-10) with a season record of 1-6, will not advance. They ended their season with a 24-12 loss to South Whidbey.
The Wolverines bested a deluge and a determined Nooksack Valley squad to tally a 2-1 victory Saturday on a rain-soaked field at home in Friday Harbor.
The Wolverines, in what's proven to be a roller-ride of a season, headed way off course in a 52-0 loss on the road Friday at Nooksack Valley.
The Wolverines, plagued this season by injuries and illnesses, turned in what may have been their best performance of the year as a patchwork lineup gave a talented Shoreline Christian squad all it could handle despite coming out on the losing end of three consecutive games Tuesday in Turnbull Gym.
Two different Friday Harbor soccer teams took the field against North Sound Christian Tuesday at home. The first team seemed to find every possible way to not score despite outshooting their opponents 50-2, allowing the first half to end 0-0. A bit of coaching "encouragement" perhaps helped turn things around for the final 40 minutes.
Friday Harbor was defeated by Lynden Christian in overtime 23-20. Lynden Christian senior Reid Bode propelled the Lyncs to victory with a 27-yard field goal.
Not a pretty win, but a win nonetheless. The Wolverines beat Concrete 3-0 Thursday at Concrete, shaking off a streak-ending 2-1 loss at La Conner a week earlier.
Friday Harbor’s Alex Jangard and Brent Sandifer carried the Wolverines to a third-place finish as four teams squared off Saturday in a combined singles and doubles tournament at the tennis courts in Friday Harbor.
The Friday Harbor football team hit another peak in its roller-coaster season with a 56-0 rout Saturday on the road over Seattle Lutheran. This one was never close, as the Wolverines led 35-0 at intermission and cruised to victory in the final 24 minutes of play.
Dogged by injuries and far from home, the Friday Harbor volleyball team tumbled in three straight as La Conner collected a lopsided win at home Oct. 1 and remained undefeated in league play. The Wolverines, who lost 6-foot junior Kelsey Barnes to a season-ending injury before the start of the 2009 campaign, were without senior setter Kayla Marvulli, injured and unable to play, and had a single substitute on the bench.
The third annual Mitchell Bay International Regatta took off last Saturday in what was to be the best regatta ever. The two-day event, with nine boats sailing out of Mitchell Bay into Haro Strait, began with winds of force 3, increasing to force 4 in the afternoon. Most of us should have reefed right at the start, but past experience led us to think the winds would die shortly in the afternoon. Ah, not so this time.
Friday Harbor lost to La Conner 2-1 at La Conner Oct. 1, ending a six-game winning streak that included 501 consecutive minutes without yielding a goal. “The Wolverines played well but the Braves wanted it more this time in this long-standing friendly rivalry,” Friday Harbor Head Coach Mark Fishaut said.
Passing of the torch: Puget Sound Anglers assume leadership of Einar Nielsen/Becky Barr Fishing Derby; Larry Anderson wins this year’s event
It’s a 25-year tradition that hasn’t stopped gaining support and momentum: The Einar Nielsen-Becky Barr Fishing Derby, hosted each September by Roche Harbor and hundreds of volunteers, with thousands of dollars worth of donated prizes. "This isn’t just a fishing derby — it’s an ongoing culture of fun and special people coming together to help out Friday Harbor High School kids to get to the next educational level,” said Tim Judkins, for 25 years the chairman of the derby/fund-raiser.
San Juan Golf and Country Club pro Darren Black tied for 11th in the Northwest Open Invitational, played at par 72 Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland Sept. 19-23. PGA professional Mike Schoner of Lakeview Golf and Country Club in Soap Lake won the 105th annual tournament in a playoff against professional Brandon Kearney of Bend Golf and Country Club. Both shot a three-day total of 208 — 8 under par — after 54 holes which forced the playoff.
The Nooksack Valley Pioneers came to Friday Harbor not only to play football, but to set some records as well. The Pioneers overran the Wolverines 49-6.
The Friday Harbor Wolverines girls soccer team defeated Meridian 2-0 Saturday at Meridian – the first defeat of the perennial powerhouse in four seasons. The Wolverines improved to 6-2 overall. Emma Ytander again led the team, scoring an unassisted goal in the third minute. Mandy Turnbull completed the scoring in the 38th minute, off an assist from Rhianna Franklin who was playing in an unaccustomed role as a striker.
Kickoff for tonight's home game between the Friday Harbor football team and the Nooksack Valley Pioneers is 6 p.m., one hour earlier than previously scheduled.
Ten Wolverines contributed to the team's 7-0 defeat of Mount Vernon Christian on the road Thursday. With the win, the Wolverines improved to 5-2 overall — four of the wins have been shutouts. Next, the Wolverines travel Saturday to Meridian; game time is noon.
Down by two and with their backs against the wall, the Friday Harbor volleyball team fought its way back in Tuesday's inter-island match at home against Orcas by tallying a win in a hotly-contested Game 3.
Now is the time to register for Island Rec’s Boys Basketball League, open to boys in grades 4-8. The deadline to register is Oct. 2, with team practices beginning the week of Oct. 26. All games are played on San Juan Island on Sunday afternoons. Volunteer coaches and officials are needed.
Cumming wins first place in his division at the 2009 Back to the Courts Fall Kickoff racquetball tournament
Bill Cumming of San Juan Fitness won first place in the Men's Singles B Division at the 2009 Washington Back to the Courts Fall Kickoff racquetball tournament, Friday at Bally's Total Fitness in Lynnwood.
Clara Brand and Lola Elford teamed up for two of Friday Harbor's six goals in the Wolverines' 6-0 defeat of North Sound Christian, Sept. 17 at North Sound Christian.
Shaky at the start, the Wolverines put up 28 points in the second quarter, tallied three more touchdowns after the break, and ran away with a 49-12 victory over La Conner Friday at home under the lights. With the win, Friday Harbor improved to 2-1 overall thanks to its second straight victory over a familiar Division 2B foe. The Wolverines defeated Orcas 21-14 in overtime to open the season with a win, and then fell a week ago to Division 1A regional rival Meridian, 43-6.
No one expected Concrete to put up much of a fight. And the Wolverines made sure expectations weren't exceeded with a crushing victory in three-straight over the Lions in their home-opener Tuesday in Turnbull Gym. The Wolverines posted winning scores of 25-10, 25-16, 25-6, in a match up of league opponents that wasn't as close as game scores might reflect. They led from start to finish and were never tested against an inexperienced Concrete squad that's been a fixture at the bottom of the league in recent years.
“This is the first game that counts, and I think we’re going to win,” Wolverine forward Audrey Olshefsky predicted before Tuesday's game against the Concrete Lions, the team’s first league game of the season. Sophomore forward Rebecca Leff agreed. “This game we’ll have it covered, based on our good playing against Lynden Christian." (Lynden Christian won 5-4 on Sept. 15.) “Christian’s not in our league — way above us.” Both players were right.
Friday Harbor Wolverine game scores: Soccer loses close one to Lynden Christian, football overwhelmed by Meridian
Scores from weekend games:FOOTBALLSept. 11Meridian 43, Friday Harbor 6GIRLS SOCCERSept. 10South Whidbey…
This is a big year for Matt Cowell. The Friday Harbor native won the Bellingham Amateur over Labor Day weekend at Lake Padden Golf Course. The win comes four months after he won the May Masters — and made his first hole in one — at the same course. And one month ago, Cowell shot 64 par-72 San Juan, setting a course record.
Barnes wins title at Cowichan, paired with Danish champ in 55 Doubles at grass court championship | Tennis
As a tennis coach, Dick Barnes of Friday Harbor has helped many young players exceed their expectations and he’s coached many Wolverines to championships. As an advocate for tennis, he’s introduced many people to a healthy game that they can play for the rest of their lives. He’s done it for no reward other than to be connected to a game he loves. But the last week of July at Vancouver Island’s South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club — where Barnes has mowed the grass courts just for fun for several years in preparation for tournament play — the long-time coach and player came away with a well-deserved honor: a doubles title.
The numerals 48’ 32” 45’’’ N and 123’ 00” 04”’ W to most sailors merely defines a geographical position on the earth. But to any Friday Harbor Sailing Club racer passing through the point, it means the end of their race. It happened again Saturday during the annual Single Handed Race.
There’s more than just bragging rights at stake when Friday Harbor and the Vikings of Orcas High School square off Saturday in the 2009 season-opener at Dahl Field on Orcas Island. There’s the hardware, of course, and to the victor go the spoils. The coveted Island Cup, the crown jewel of the inter-island rivalry, has been a fixture in the Wolverines’ trophy case ever since Friday Harbor upset the balance of power and clawed its way to a 2-point victory in 2004.
Black places fourth at Northwest PGA; advances to national tournament and a shot at the 92nd annual PGA
Darren Black always had planned on getting a shot at playing on the PGA tour. He just didn’t expect that it would come so soon. But that’s precisely what Black will have a shot at come next June.
Winners of the Herb Kranick/President’s Cup Tournament, Aug. 23 at San Juan Golf and Country Club.